One imported Covid-19 case recorded in Kuching

Covid-19 (file pic)

KUCHING, Aug 7: Sarawak recorded one new imported Covid-19 case in Kuching today after nearly a week of zero new cases, thus taking the state’s tally of positive cases to 679.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement, disclosed that Case 679 involved a local man who is a student from Dar Al-Mustafa, Yemen.

The student returned from Cairo, Egypt to Kuala Lumpur on Aug 1 via Egypt Air. He transited at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) before returning to Sarawak on Aug 2. Upon arrival, he was sent to a hotel to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The student was asymptomatic. He has undergone the RTK Antigen test on Aug 2 in Kuala Lumpur but the result was negative.

He was then swabbed for Covid-19 on Aug 3 and the test result from the National Public Health Laboratory Sungai Buloh returned positive on Aug 6.


The student is presently warded in the hospital and contact tracing as well as further investigation are currently being carried out.

Meanwhile, Sarawak also reported five recoveries and all have been discharged from the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). As such, the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak is 626 or 92.16 per cent of total positive cases so far.

As of today, 34 patients are still being treated in SGH with none admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or requiring respiratory support.

SDMC also revealed that the number of active Covid-19 clusters in Sarawak was maintained at 10 with a total of 70 cases.

They arethe Engineering Company Cluster with eight cases, Mambong Cluster (7), Healthcare Cluster (3), Jupiter Cluster (3), Stutong Market Cluster (7), Kuching Jetty Cluster (2), Sentosa Cluster (31), Melbourne PUI Cluster (3), Kuching Construction Company Cluster (2) and Satok Market Cluster (4).

Currently four districts are categorised as Covid-19 yellow zones (less than 40 cases), namely Kuching, Samarahan, Serian and Lundu.

Sarawak also reported seven more Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) with no cases awaiting laboratory test results.

Additionally, 146 Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) have been checked into identified hotels for quarantine.

As of today, there are a total number of 1,394 individuals undergoing quarantine in 17 hotels throughout the state. — DayakDaily